Moses Cone Health System is the official medical provider for the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships - Cone Health

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Published on January 20, 2011

Moses Cone Health System is the official medical provider for the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

When more than 750 people including 260 athletes, their coaches, officials, judges and other staff of the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships need medical care they can trust, they’ll turn to Moses Cone Health System. The Health System is the official medical provider for the Greensboro event Jan. 22-30. The Health System’s medical provider team of sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, nurses and other volunteers spent more than a year training and preparing to provide comprehensive care for the U.S. Figure Skating Association athletes and officials.

Moses Cone Health System will provide a full range of healthcare services under the direction of Karl “Bert” Fields, MD, Program Director, Moses Cone Health System Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Fields is an internationally, nationally and locally known sports medicine physician who has been with Moses Cone Health System since 1984 and serves as Chief of Family Medicine Education Programs for Greensboro AHEC.

“Our ultimate goal is to provide superior care and services to all U.S. Figure Skating Association participants throughout the entire competition,” says Fields. “This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the expertise and dedication of our medical provider team and the quality and responsiveness of the healthcare professionals and services available in our community.”

To provide care for the Championships, Moses Cone Health System will set up two full-service medical clinics, one at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex and one at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons/Joseph S. Koury Convention Center. The medical provider team will provide full-time coverage for both the competition and practice ice, available from 5:30 a.m. to midnight every day of competition. Staffing will include at least three physicians, three athletic trainers and one physical therapist at both clinics. Massage therapists, chiropractors, nurses and certified medical assistants also will be available to provide care at the hotel and arena clinics.

“We are committed to providing the same type of care to these athletes that we deliver every day to our patients,” says Vince Carlson, Director of the Moses Cone Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers’ four facilities. Carlson is lead Moses Cone physical therapist and venue medical coordinator for the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Carlson was part of the team of Moses Cone Health System representatives who traveled to Spokane, WA, for the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. That trip marked the beginning of the Health System’s intense preparations to serve as the medical provider for the Championships.
The medical provider team has been coordinating closely with Guilford County Emergency Medical Services as well as Moses Cone Health System’s Emergency Departments. Moses Cone Health System has also enlisted a network of ear, nose and throat specialists, ophthalmologists, dentists and orthopaedic surgeons to provide on-call coverage service throughout the competition for any incidents requiring their expertise.

All primary and urgent care general medical care needs will be provided. Common injuries seen at past Championships, such as minor sprains, end-of-season competition strains and skate blade lacerations, will have comprehensive medical support to ensure that athletes are able to compete at their strongest capacities. Additionally, in ice skating, there is always a risk of fractures, dislocations, and head or spine injury. From instructional sessions to actual on-ice simulations, the Health System’s medical team has prepared for any possible need.

Moses Cone Health System offers a seamless continuum of lifesaving and life-enhancing care. It is a multi-hospital system with a range of outpatient services designed to provide care for Piedmont residents throughout all stages of their lives. Residents of the primary service area of Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham and Alamance counties and the city of Kernersville depend on Moses Cone Health System for convenient, affordable and compassionate care. More than 7,500 employees work throughout the Health System to improve the health and well-being of its patients and region.

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